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Shipbuilding – China Stuggles to Keep Pace with Korean Yards

Shipyards in Korea took market share from Chinese yards in 2011 South Korean yards took market share from Chinese yards in 2011 according to a recent report in the Danish Ship Finance Review. South Korea secured new orders of 13.5 million cgt Korean yards secured almost half of the contracted capacity (13.5 million cgt). Container and Tanker orders accounted for 85% (6 million cgt and 5 million cgt respectively). South Korea therefore maintains the position as the leading global builder of Containers and Tankers. But South Korean yards also added to their market position in the specialized tonnages. For example, orders of 1 million cgt were placed for Drillships in 2011. European owners signed 60% of the orders placed in South Korea during 2011. The order cover dropped on average 14% to 28 months in 2011. Chinese yards struggled to keep pace with their South Korean peers. In 2011, Chinese yards received new orders of 9.5 million cgt (19.5 million cgt in 2010) – primarily Dry Bulk tonnage, which accounts for 60% of the Chinese orderbook. Two thirds of all new orders were placed on behalf of Chinese or European owners. The order cover of Chinese yards dropped, on average, 17% to 28 months in 2011.  


Confitarma and Jiangsu Yards Sign Contract

A group of Naples ship owners have come to an agreement with the Chinese yard Jiangsu New Yanagzijang Construction Co. for the building of 16 90,000 ton bulk carriers. Nicola Coccia Confitarma president with a group of Naples ship-owners and representatives of the Chinese yard signed the agreement on June 20. The order was placed by Perseveranza di navigazione,d’Amato di navigazione spa, Gestioni Amatoriali spa, la Giuseppe Bottiglieri di navigazione spa e Liberty Marittime International who


Japan Shipyards Turn to Fuel-Savings to Compete

According to a report from Bloomberg, Japanese shipbuilders, leapfrogged by South Korean and Chinese yards in an industry they once dominated, are counting on fuel-saving technology to help them overcome a stronger yen and high wages. A Japanese handysize dry-bulk ship typically uses about 24 tons of fuel a day, compared with 28 tons for Chinese-made ones, a Bloomberg source said.   Source: Bloomberg    


China Ocean Shipbuilding Acquires Jiangxi Gas

Photo: China Cosco Holdings

 China Ocean Shipbuilding Industry Group (COSIG) with its unit, China Ocean LNG has bought a 47% stake in Jiangxi Petrochina Kunlun Gas (Jiangxi Gas) for a total of ($6.2m), according to a stock market statement.   The Chinese yard noted the benefits of investing in Jiangxi Gas, which has state-owned enterprise Petrochina Kunlun (51% stake), as a controlling shareholder and which has good connections in the natural gas related industries


Cosco Orders of 20,000-TEU Ships may Go Up to 13

Image: COSCO

 Several media outlets now report confirmations that Cosco is also targeting ultra-large vessels by ordering nine ships of 20,000 teu, with options for four additional vessels.  It was confirmed that China’s Cosco has sealed deals for nine plus four options on 20,000-TEU vessels on home soil. The giant containership orders will take Cosco Container Lines above one million slots for the first time.  


Chinese Contracting: A Question Of State Backing?

Graph Source: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 Contracting at Chinese yards fell significantly in 2015, but the impact has varied greatly across different types of yard, says a report from Clarkson Research Services.   Many larger, state-backed builders have continued to secure a steady volume of orders, supported by domestic, state-backed owners. Meanwhile, the share of contracting at independent yards has dropped sharply, with many of these builders facing difficulties due to a lack of new orders.  


SembCorp Industries Looks To Become A Global Contender

Diversified SembCorp Industries Ltd., fresh from sales of key non-core assets, is hunting for foreign partners in its bid to become a global contender in its core businesses, President Wong Kok Siew said. Already Asia's largest shipyard operator, SembCorp is confident about meeting its internal target of not less than 20 percent growth in net profit per annum and has set its sights beyond Asia. "With the major divestments of non-core over


Chinese Yard Moves Mountains to Build Ships

Asked what was previously on the site of the new Jiangmen Yinxing Shipbuilding yard, a company representative replies, “Mountains, we moved mountains to build ships.” With funds reportedly earned from ship breaking, Jiangmen Yinxing's parent firm has built two shipyards, one for building vessels 10,000 to 80,000 tons and this yard, at Jiangmen on a branch of the Pearl River, for vessels under 10,000 tons. In addition to several huge sheds the yard has several covered and open building and


STX Shipbuilding Gains on Stake Purchase in Aker Yards

STX Shipbuilding Co., the first South Korean yard in China, had its biggest two-day gain in more than a week in Seoul on optimism the purchase of a stake in Norway's Aker Yards ASA will add cruise liners to its range of vessels. STX Shipbuilding has more than quadrupled this year, making it the fourth-best performer in South Korea's Kospi 200 index. The stake purchase in Aker Yards will allow STX Shipbuilding to use the Norwegian company's expertise in cruise liners


Shipping industry market trends for 2014 - John Nikolaou

John Nikolaou

Athens based, Financial Analyst John Nikolaou provides an insight into the recent market trends of the shipping industry:  Greek shipowners have returned to the top of the global shipping economy by controlling a gross tonnage of 164 million tons, overtaking the Japanese on 159.4 million tons. According to Clarksons, this global lead illustrates that Greeks operate much bigger ships because they own 4,984 vessels against 8,537 managed by the Japanese and 6,427 by the Chinese.


Carnival Signs MOA for First New Cruise Ships Built in China

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc has announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a non-binding memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order the industry’s first new cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market. The MOA is subject to several conditions including closing of the


Chinese Leasing Companies Role in Ship Finance

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research takes a look at Asian shipping finance that has increased in prominence globally with finance from the traditional lending base more difficult for many to access since the global financial crisis.   Within this wider trend


Ship Breaking Activity Grows Slowly but Steadily -BIMCO

Source: BIMCO, Clarksons

Global ship demolition activity rose by 16 percent in the first nine months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015, showcasing shipping industry action to counter the imbalance between supply and demand in the market, according to BIMCO.  


New Building Price Dynamics Low On Impact

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Newbuilding prices have fallen fairly consistently since the end of 2014, and this trend has continued in recent months, says Clarksons Research.    Cutting newbuild prices can be an effective way for yards to stimulate new orders, but this is not always the case.   


S. Korean Shipyards Order Books Empty?

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 The global slump in the shipbuilding industry means that South Korea's ship yards have to look far and wide for new orders.    Combined, the three major yards have only received one order in the first quarter of the year.  


Wärtsilä Ship Design for Offshore Maintenance Vessel

Trinity- The new jack-up lift vessel is designed by Wärtsilä. Image by Wartsila

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to provide the design for a new jack-up lift vessel. The contract was signed in March with a well known Chinese yard and there is an option for three more vessels. The Wärtsilä design is developed in collaboration with Altis


Aging Seaborne Steel Products

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In 2015, seaborne steel products trade accounted for around a fifth of minor bulk trade, having grown on average by 6 percent per annum since 2010, according to Clarksons Research.   Recent growth has largely been driven by Chinese exports, which reached a record 113mt in 2015


Abu Dhabi Ports Try to Lure Chinese Businessmen

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports - the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate - presented the integrated offerings of Khalifa Port and Kizad at an exclusive business event in Abu Dhabi.   Organised by Abu Dhabi Ports in association with the Embassy


Chinese Navy Ship Irks Japan

Map: Chinese Defence Ministry, Yonap, EIA, BBC

 Japan has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea.   Chinese navy has made an unprecedented entry into waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu in China.  


S.Korea, UN Join Patrols to halt Illegal Chinese Fishing

South Korea and the U.N. Command, which overseas the Korean War armistice, said on Friday they had begun a joint operation to keep Chinese fishing vessels from operating illegally off the west coast. The move comes after South Korean fishermen


Uncertainity Plagues Seaborne Iron Ore Shipments

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Chinese iron ore imports account for around two thirds of global seaborne iron ore shipments, making it the key driver of Capesize employment. Clarksons Research Report.   While the hike in Chinese iron ore imports in the year to date has supported Capesize demand


Shipbuilding’s ‘Fatal Attraction’ – A Dramatic Affair?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Down the years, shipbuilders have always entered and exited the business as cycles have progressed, but over the past decade developments have been dramatic, says Clarksons Research.   Back in 2007, 220 shipyards secured at least one order for a unit of 20,000 dwt or above in size


South Korean Yards Face Shrinking Orderbook

Graph: Clarksons

 The global orderbook has continued to decline in the year to date, indicating that there are diminishing levels of activity at many of the world’s shipyards, says Clarksons Research.   In the last six months, South Korean yards have seen the largest decline in their orderbooks


Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

Graph: Clarkson Research

 In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson.   Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights


Fincantieri, CSSC Ink Chinese Cruise Ship Deal

Courtesy Fincantieri

During the 11th annual “China Cruise Shipping and International Cruise Expo”, which started today in Tianjin, Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), signed a non-binding agreement with Carnival Corporation and CIC Capital Corporation (CIC Capital) for the






 
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